The United States and State Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of WWI Veteran Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles.
According to Wikipedia, Buckles was one of the last three surviving World War I veterans and was the last living American veteran of the war. Although not in the military at the time, Buckles spent the majority of World War II as a prisoner of war. After the world wars, Buckles married in San Francisco in 1946 and moved to Gap View Farm in Charles Town, West Virginia. His wife, Audrey, gave birth to their daughter in 1955. A widower at age 98, he worked on his farm until age 105.
Buckles was born on February 1, 1901.
On Tuesday, Army Cpl. Frank Buckles was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. His grave is within sight of his commanding general General John Pershing.
The graveside burial service was open to the public.
Buckles is now interred in Arlington’s Section 34, also the final resting place for General John Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Forces in what was said to have been the “war to end all wars.”
Buckles died Feb. 27, 2011 at the age of 110. He was buried with full military honors including an escort platoon, a casket team, firing party and a bugler from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard.”
The total number of casualties in World War I, both military and civilian, was about 37 million: 16 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 6.8 million civilians. The Entente Powers (also known as the Allies) lost about 5.7 million soldiers while the Central Powers lost about 4 million
Flags in Clarke County are raised to half-mast to honor Buckles and the thousands of other veterans that served in the war.